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Difference between 13 inch MacBook Air and 13 inch MacBook Pro

With the introduction of upgraded MacBook Air in October 2018, the ambiguity of which 13 inches MacBook Pro models or the MacBook Air 2018 is a better buy, has widened. The base MacBook Pro 13 inch model has got a new stiff competitor from the same brand which is worth grabbing the attention. MacBook Pro 13” is definitely a winner if you are looking for the best performance and features but if the main focus is for documents and browsing then MacBook Air is certainly a good option at a comparatively better and affordable price.


The Winner in the Pricing Arena


There is the stark difference between MacBook Air prices and the 13 inches MacBook Pro device, with the former being the cheaper one.


MacBook Air 13” is available in three different configurations out of which the older model dates back to the 2014 year and is certainly not a buy with the introduction of the new model in October 2018. MacBook Air 2018 model has two variants with 128GB and 256GB memory option.


Even MacBook Pro 13 inches has two variants one with the Touch Bar and the other without Touch Bar. Touch Bar model of MacBook pro 13 inches has a lot more to offer than the mere addition to the keyboard touch bar feature.


So, if the battle winner is the lowest price device, the MacBook Air 2018 is certainly a winner.


Processor Proceedings


The biggest difference between the MacBook Air 13 inches and MacBook Pro 13 inches is in its processing power.


The MacBook Pro has faster clock speed and the new MacBook Air has a less powerful category of Intel processor. The graphics in the MacBook Pro 13 inches are slightly better. The MacBook Air has the touch ID, whereas to get touch ID on the MacBook Pro, you need to own its Touch Bar variant that costs extra as compared to the non-Touch Bar variant.


The specifications of RAM and internal storage of both the machines can be upgraded by extra payment depending upon global position.


The RAM of both the MacBook Air 2018 and MacBook Pro model are configurable up to 16 GB.

The specifications clearly state that MacBook Pro will certainly outperform the MacBook Air device when you are performing a demanding task like watching videos or multitasking.


Dimensions Diversions


When MacBook Air was launched in 2008 it was the lightest laptop available and over the year MacBook Pro also has lost quite a lot of its weight making the difference between them quite less. 2018 MacBook 13 inches model is even lighter than the older model, being around 1.25 Kg. The weight of MacBook Pro is around 1.37kg, so MacBook Air is a good option if you compare the devices weight-wise making it more portable.


MacBook Air 2018 13 inches model is 30.14 cm x 21.24 cm and 1.56 cm thin. At its narrowest point tapering, it is only about 0.41 inches. While the MacBook Pro 13 inch is 1.49 cm thick and the main body is 30.41 cm x 21.24 cm Pro. MacBook Air models having tapering design renders slimmer look to the device.


Colour and Brightness


Both the 13 inches MacBook Air and 13 inches MacBook Pro have an all-aluminium finish body but new MacBook Air comes in gold and silver color options besides its standard Space grey variant. Both the devices are laced with a Retina display of 227 pixels per inches but the brightness level of MacBook Pro is very impressive. The color accuracy comes in at the high-level making MacBook Pro a decent option for photographers and graphic designers.


Battery Life


MacBook Air falls short of its competitor, although it’s decent, as MacBook Pro promises the battery life of 5 hours and 3 minutes in web browsing and 10 hours and 24 minutes in video playing whereas MacBook Air promises up to 12 hours of wireless web browsing and 13 hours of iTunes movie playback which actually is slightly lower than claimed proving that MacBook Pro is again a winner here.


MacBook Pro has a high dynamic sound range offering better audio quality. MacBook Air comes with an additional microphone so that Siri can follow your voice commands more properly.


Ports and Peripheral


The new MacBook Air 2018 has 2 thunderbolts, 3 ports, and a headphone jack while the MacBook Pro has 3.5MM headphone jack and depending on whether it’s the Touch Bar variant or not, there are two or four USB C ports.


Both the MacBook Pro and Air models have the touch Id option that means the devices have an added layer of security. This feature makes it possible to unlock the device with your fingertip alone.


Added Security through its cover


The brand itself has provided numerous high-tech features in the device. To safeguard its exterior and look you need to acquire uniquely designed MacBook cases and sleeves which are available online on various e-commerce portals nowadays at very affordable prices. The most leading mobile accessories providing site Hamee India is providing multiple choices for both the models of MacBook. Both the MacBook sleeves and MacBook cases are precisely designed for the models of MacBook. The raw material used in making these items and designing of the products doubles up protection for the device against cracks, scratches, scrapes, scuffs, dust, and debris.



The unique print embedded into the sleeves and the covers never ever peels off and can be customized as per the requirement by paying a little extra cost. Quality cases and sleeves are a must-have accessory for your high-priced device as protection can never be an option for those who love to keep the device’s original look intact.



The leather MacBook sleeves come with a magnetic closure to ensure no accidental slipping off of the device whereas the two-piece hard plastic MacBook covers can be easily installed and removed without harming the top and the bottom panel’s look and finishing.


Take your pick from the leading MacBooks in the market and accessorize with Hamee!




Written by Simran Aggarwal